All eyes are on the pope in the United States today.
While the Holy Father is meeting with President Obama at the White House, presidential hopefuls for the job are sharing their thoughts on the pontiff and his positions on climate change, immigration and social issues.
But one 2016 candidate has been tweeting about the pope since day one: Donald Trump. He sent this congratulatory tweet:
Congratulations to my Catholic friends on the selection of Pope Francis I to lead the Catholic Church. People that know him love him!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 14, 2013
Just a few days later, Trump, who is a Presbyterian, was on the attack. He criticized the new pope for paying his own hotel bill.
I don’t like seeing the Pope standing at the checkout counter (front desk) of a hotel in order to pay his bill. It’s not Pope-like!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 19, 2013
When Trump got pushback -- what's new! -- on his criticism, he explained why:
And, by the way, just in case the pope ever has own reality TV ambitions, Trump tweeted that he'd be his “first pick.”
"@mgmacdon: @realDonaldTrump if they had to say yes, who would your first pick to be on the celebrity apprentice?" The Pope!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 6, 2014
Overall, the real estate mogul says he’s a fan. Why?
The new Pope is a humble man, very much like me, which probably explains why I like him so much!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 25, 2013
He also did not approve of Pope Benedict’s decision to give up the Papacy, the first pontiff to do so since 1415.
The Pope should not have resigned—he should have lived it out. It hurts him, it hurts the church...— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 27, 2013
And he criticized Obama over his handling of the Affordable Care Act.